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The Crew Cut

Greetings readers,

To let everyone know, I have an interview with the Yellow Nation Army, which is a new supporter group for the Columbus Crew. This will be on Friday at 5:00pm and you can listen online at http://wwsu1069.com. Okay, ending self-plug.

As you might know, I do my best to follow all of the professional sports in Ohio (and the Pacers and Fever in Indiana.) I follow the Blue Jackets, I follow the Cleveland sports whenever I can, and I never, ever miss the Cincinnati games or highlights on radio and television. There’s one thing missing here, and that is the Columbus Crew.

The Crew, nicknamed “America’s Hardest Working Team” and named from a fan contest, play at the first soccer-only venue in the nation at the Crew Stadium. They play in the MLS (Major League Soccer), which is comprised of sixteen teams (as of August 2010) split up into two divisions with eight. Columbus plays in the Eastern Conference with New York, New England, Toronto FC, Chicago, Kansas City, Philadelphia, and Washington D.C (known as D.C. United.)

I guess I should also mention the Los Angeles Galaxy because they signed David Beckham. Also tagging along with the Galaxy include teams like Real Salt Lake, FC Dallas, Seattle, Colorado, San Jose, Houston, and Club Deportivo Chivas USA (based in Los Angeles).

Columbus has had a soccer team even since the MLS began, being one of the original ten teams. Today, only one of the original teams ceased operations (Tampa Bay Mutiny) and four teams changed names (from trademark issues to ceasing operations for a few seasons.) The Crew originally played at Ohio Stadium (yes, the same place the Buckeyes play) from 1996 to 1998, until Columbus Crew Stadium opened up in 1999. If you ever drive on Interstate 71, you can spot it easily. It’s right by where the Ohio State fair is held and also next to a small shopping center.

I really do need to go see a game in person, but I will say I watched the Crew play on ESPN2 and the Ohio News Network. The team plays with a lot of heart. Last week against the Philadelphia Union, which happen to play their first game in 2010, the Crew drew up some great breakaway plays to win 3-1.

Speaking of ONN, Columbus was the first team in Major League Soccer to pick up a local television station back in 1997. Whenever I’m at home, I usually try to catch a game on ONN. I don’t have that channel back at college.

The Crew have five big titles to their history. Winning the MLS Cup in 2008, Columbus is also winners of the Supporters’ Shield (best record) in 2004, 2008, and 2009 and the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup in 2002.

I know this article is a bit brief and probably does the team an injustice, but I wanted to show that there is a winning soccer team in the state of Ohio. So when people tell you about professional baseball (Reds, Indians), football (Bengals, Browns), basketball (Cavs), and hockey (Jackets), also add in the Columbus Crew.

-Lee

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